Category Archives: Alternative Treatments

Remedy: Chronic Sinus Issues

When you get a sinus infection, do you run to the doctor for an antibiotic?

I used to…before healthy-minded Kim was born.

Now I know how to get rid of sinus problems myself, AND I know what things help them to develop.

Sinus infections are almost always fungal in nature, not bacterial, so an antibiotic won’t do anything to help it. In fact, it’ll make it worse since antibiotics help the fungus to grow…

Since 80% of your immune system is in your gut, it stands to reason that a healthier diet will boost your immune system. The Phase 1 diet is excellent to get rid of the bad stuff in your gut and improve immune function. So when I feel a tickle in my nose (or throat), I cut out the sugar and grains ASAP! (Chances are, the reason my sinus issue is flaring up is BECAUSE I’ve fallen off my diet wagon…eating sugar, etc. and my body is rebelling.)

The list below helps me alleviate symptoms, but if you are prone to these infection, you probably will want to address the root cause (fungus!):

  1. I drink LOTS of liquid–water, white or green tea (the only teas allowed on the Phase 1 diet) and chicken broth. (When you get dehydrated, the mucus gets super thick which makes sinuses feel really clogged.)
  2. I put 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 8 oz of water and drink the concoction quickly–another way to thin the mucus and ACV is antifungal. And if I need more relief, I’ll put about 1/4 cup of ACV in a big water bottle (16oz) and drink throughout the day.
  3. Use a hot compress on your sinuses (I wet a washcloth with the hottest water I can tolerate and place above and below my eyes to try to break up the mucus.)
  4. I take a good antifungal supplement several times a day–oil of oregano, olive leaf extract, etc.
  5. I go to sleep early. Everyone knows that sleep is restorative…I try going up an hour earlier than usual.
  6. The BEST nose spray I’ve found is made by Seagate. Since it’s made with antifungal ingredients, it is super potent. My husband and I use is, as do both my kids, especially in the winter months. [And no, I’m not getting paid to endorse Seagate…I just love their products!]

So those are some things I find helpful if my sinuses get all crazy.  I can usually get things back to normal within 24-48 hours…

I hope that some of these help you too!

What do you do when you feel a sinus infection coming on? Are you someone who runs to the doctor or tries something at home?

How I Got Rid Of My Asthma

I’ve mentioned previously that I was an asthmatic…up until recently.  When I was little, I was in the doctor’s office A LOT.  They couldn’t quite get a handle on managing it.  Then asthma inhalers became popular and I took one 4 times a day as a preventative measure, and had an emergency one for the more serious situations.

My lungs were a mess.

As I got older, I continued taking the medications until the day I read an article that a side effect of one of my medications was suicidal tendencies.

I called my doctor the next day and asked what would happen if I stopped taking them.  You probably won’t be able to breathe very well. Hmm. Which was worse, suicidal thoughts or not being able to breathe?

So I started to research natural remedies for treating asthma.  I came across a book called The Cure is in the Cupboard by Dr. Cass Ingram.  Under the section for asthma, diet was mentioned as a major offender. MSG, food dyes and artificial colors (and other processed foods) aren’t good for asthmatics.  Citrus fruits, dairy, wheat and peanuts also fuel attacks.  There could also be an acute (fungal or yeast) infection in the lungs.

But there is a supplement–a spice–that is a powerful anti-microbial, and also anti-mucus and anti-cough. OREGANO.

Now before you run to your spice cabinet, it’s important to know that this is wild Mediterranean oregano.  It’s sold in a health food store.  This is the one that I use:

It comes in an oil (duh) and in capsules, and in gelcaps (which I believe has 6 drops of oil in each one).  I looked at the treatment protocol in the book which seemed to be more for attacks than maintenance and decided I’d tweak the “recipe” and see if it would work.

[Note: I wouldn’t recommend the “try it and see” approach with most supplements.  My internist wasn’t very interested in exploring the homeopathic remedies I had found for asthma, so I did this on my own. I had done extensive research on oregano and didn’t believe I would be taking a potentially harmful amount.  Remember, I’m just relaying my own experiences, but I would recommend that you be a better patient than I was and consult your doctor.]

I took the capsules, oil and gelcaps three times a day, and cut out sugar and some carbs (this was before I found the Phase 1 diet). After 2 weeks, I started to wean myself off my asthma meds. 2 weeks later I was off of ALL the inhalers and pills. My asthma was gone?!

That was in the Spring of 2008.  3+ years later, I’m still breathing on my own.  I still keep my emergency inhaler in the house, just in case, but I haven’t used it. In fact, I often forget to refill it and end up with one that’s been expired for 6 months before I remember to check the date.

So that’s how I got rid of my asthma.  I love a happy ending…….

[These are my own opinions and I have not been compensated in any way for my thoughts about the book or the supplements. Just thought I’d share…]